File:Bancroft Library.jpg|thumb|300px|Bancroft Library, September 2010.
The '''Bancroft Library''' in the center of the Berkeley campus of the University of California, Berkeley
, is the university's primary special-collections library. It was acquired from its founder, Hubert Howe Bancroft
, in 1905, with the proviso that it retain the name Bancroft Library in perpetuity. The collection at that time consisted of 50,000 volumes of materials on the history of California
and the North American West. It is the largest such collection in the world.